Apollo, By Catherine Bly Cox And Charles Augustus Murray
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The book Apollo, by Catherine Bly Cox and Charles Augustus Murray, is one that delves deeply into the seemingly behind-the-scenes actions and perspectives of the U.S. Apollo space program. This comprehensive account of the trials and tribulations of even the most minute characters paints an overarching display of the vitality of cooperation and dedication alike. Contrary to conventional education, Apollo aims to illustrate the relationships between various departments, agencies, and nations rather than focus solely on the glory of the astronauts who rode the rocket to stardom. The actions of the United States to fixate on the noise and size of the rocket as well as pictures of the astronauts of the Apollo program camouflage the underlying…show more content… Kennedy is quoted asking “Is there any place we can catch them? What can we do? Can we go around the moon before them? Can we put a man on the moon before them?” (Murray and Cox, locations 1179-1180). With increasing pressure from the Soviets, president Kennedy was forced to pursue an objective that could not be topped in the adjacent possible. Thus, it becomes evident that the decision to go to the moon was “a political, not a technical issue,” and “a use of technological means for political ends.” (Murray and Cox, locations 1252-1254).
Accompanied by a lack of motive outside of nationalism, the primary focus of the engineers at the facility established for N.A.C.A., the Samuel P. Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, or just “Langley,” (Murray and Cox, locations 267-268) was to develop more efficient aircraft, not to place a man on the moon. Whether an individual has read Apollo or not, it is self-evident that placing a man on the moon was no meager accomplishment. The engineers at Langley were well known for their own methodical and unorthodox method so called, “the Langley Way.” The authors describe the system as “comically restrictive, but it created a peaceful cocoon within which the engineers of Langley lived and worked, buffered from the politics of Washington, buffered from the exigencies of a competitive aircraft industry.” (Murray and Cox, locations 288-290). The engineers at Langley were not the essential motivators behind the space race. They